Leaders of both the moderate and hardline factions of the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference have rejected the view of influential Sunni institution Darul Uloom Deoband and its social front Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind that Kashmir is an integral part of India and the demands of its people should be addressed within the framework of the Indian constitution.
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said on Monday, “Although they (Darul Uloom) have talked about the excesses being committed on the people of Kashmir they have ignored the real problem of Kashmir and called Kashmir an integral part of India.’’
Chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told HT, “We don’t see Kashmir from a Hindu-Muslim perspective. It’s a political issue, which needs to be resolved taking intp consideration the political aspirations of Kashmiris. Nothing is possible within the framework of the Indian or Pakistani constitutions.
The Mirwaiz however welcomed the fact that clerics have called for removal of “draconian” laws such as the AFSPA.